October 14, 2013

Letters to the editor: Art Walk, a beloved tradition, turns 13

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A small crowd watches Rafael Alvarez, a Maine College of Art student, dance to his boom box outside the school during the First Friday Art Walk last Dec. 7. The monthly event draws as many as 3,000 people, a reader says.

2012 File Photo/Gabe Souza

I think McAuley field hockey players have learned lessons, even in defeat.

But I am even more certain that this particular Marshwood player has learned a very important lesson in kindness, decency and gentleness somewhere along the line.

Dan Warren

Scarborough

Help for new immigrants provided in multiple ways

I was pleased to see the article about Richard Berman and the Hope House project being undertaken by the folks at the Hope Gate Way Church (“Hope House developer builds bastion against homelessness,” Sept. 30).

It is wonderful that a new facility will become available for the many immigrants coming here. We need to welcome these people warmly, since in many ways they are the future of our city and our state.

Your readers should also know that members of many area churches have teamed up with private individuals and organizations to serve this population in a number of other ways. Food, clothing, furniture, tutoring services and many useful things are being provided to these newest Mainers through the work of hardworking volunteers.

One of the groups participating in this effort is the Greater Portland Charitable Furniture Center, through which I give my time. We collect used furniture from people who do not need it any longer and deliver it to immigrant families, as well as to others who are in need in our community. While most of our donations come through area churches or from people who are moving and learn about us from their real estate broker, we accept furniture donations from anyone.

People with something to donate can leave information about it at our website, www.thefurniturecenter.org, and we will pick it up at a mutually agreeable time. You can also let us know if you wish to volunteer your time in this important service.

Cushman D. Anthony

Falmouth

Interest in manufacturing must include more girls

Photographer Gabe Souza aced it with the Cape Elizabeth robotics team, all eyes turned to hear about manufacturing here in Gorham (“Photo: Interest in manufacturing,” Oct. 5). But only one of the 10 students is a girl.

Reminds me of the one girl in my mechanical engineering class at the University of Maine. I hope that this Cape Elizabeth group is not representative of all Maine schools.

The current emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math education for all our Maine college-bound students hopefully will yield a higher proportion than 10 percent women.

David R. Alexander

1955 University of Maine graduate

Gorham

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